KAMPALA – The Coronavirus has had a huge negative impact on Sporting activities in Uganda and the trend looks set to continue.
With several football competitions already cancelled, the impact is slowly moving to other sports.
On July 23, the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association, at a meeting, announced that they have cancelled all 2020 competitions as per the calendar.
The only exception is the Afrobasket qualifiers which are slatted to start in November 2020.
Uganda is in Group E of the qualifiers and will kick them off with a game against Egypt on November 21 before facing Morocco 7 days later.
The SilverBucks will then face a yet to be named nation in their third fixtures before playing all the three countries again to complete the process.
It is understood that FUBA is hoping that by then, the situation would have gone back to normal so as to take part in the qualification tournament.
The other resolutions passed at the meeting;
1. All contractual issues between players and their clubs will be handled in accordance with the contract laws of the country.
2. Players that had registered with their clubs for the 2020 basketball season, without formal contracts will be handled as per the FUBA rules and regulations of 2020 which provide for a default contract of two years. The two years will therefore start from 2021 onwards.
3. The executive committee shall use this time to come up with the clear road map and plan for the 2021 basketball season which shall be communicated to all members not later than 31st August 2020.
Ugandan basketball last witnessed action in late January, when City Oilers overcame UCU Canons 4-3 in the best of seven finals’ series to win a record 7th successive FUBA NBL title.
The 2020 season was slatted to start in April only for the Coronavirus to breakout in the country.